Lord of the Rings Return of the King

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating: Rated PG-13 for lots of violence 
Starring:Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis 
Directed By:Peter Jackson 

Final Grade: 

The wait is over. For the last three years fans have lined up to see what many think may be the biggest trilogy of our time. But did the trilogy end with a big bang or did it go bust? Well ladies and gents, my review won’t take quite as long as Tolkien’s story to unfold and by the end you will have your answer.

The third and final installment of the Lord of The Rings movies hit theaters this week, and without further delay we jump right into the story of two Hobbits, Frodo and Sam who are returning the evil ring of power to the fiery flames of Mordor, in order to stop evil from overtaking the world. Now I would love to give away more of the plot, but many of you if you have seen the first two films already know what that is, and if you haven’t seen the previous two films, don’t head out to this one without watching them first. You will be more confused than anyone on the planet, and well you would probably feel like you were watching a David Lynch film.

Director Peter Jackson once again does a wonderful job. His directing although not flawless is still outstanding. He flows from scene to scene, makes sure every shot and every sequence is nicely laid out for the audience. Jackson may have been shunned for Oscars in the past, but it is about time they give him the recognition he deserves.

Our actors once again continue their outstanding performances, Ian McKellen leading the way as Gandalf the White Wizard, and Viggo Mortenson also is great as Aragon, the future King of Gondor. Viggo and McKellen steal the screen when they are present, and they once again prove that they are both forces to reckoned with in the future.

The Only problem with Lord of The Rings is an incredibly long runtime, which you don’t really notice until the very end of the film. Ending after ending seems to be “tacked” on and you begin to wonder if the Trilogy actually has an ending.

The Only other real big complaint is that you can’t watch this movie alone and expect to know what is going on. There is so much character and plot development in the two previous 3-hour films that you can’t just pick up Return of the King and watch it. But unless you have lived in a Cardboard box for the last few Christmas seasons, you’ve seen them already. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Go to a rental store, Rent Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers and then head to the Box offices for Return of The King. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. This one has Oscars written all over it…(or at least it should) 

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